2017 Benoit Ente Puligny-Montrachet #165883905
Based on 4 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 92 points Wine Advocate "From parcels clustered around the village, Ente's 2017 Puligny-Montrachet Village wafts from the glass with a lovely bouquet of citrus oil, white flowers, fresh peach and warm pastry. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and incisive, with more structural tension and length than the richer, fleshier Bourgogne Golden Jubilee that preceded it. Long and penetrating, this is an impeccably balanced wine. (WK)" 89-92 points Burghound "Smoky aromas feature notes of acacia blossom, white peach and lemon zest plus a hint of spice. The more refined medium weight flavors are once again quite succulent white retaining good verve that continues onto the saline, complex and beautifully persistent finish. This is not necessarily bigger or richer but it does offer slightly better depth. (AM)"
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About Benoit Ente
Benoit's dedication to sustainable viticulture and attachment to his vineyards' patrimony has earned him a reputation as one of Burgundy's finest white winemakers, alongside his brother Arnaud. He meticulously maintains his soil without chemical weed killers or fertilizers and focuses on "green work" from April to July, including trellising, desuckering, docking, and cropping. Harvest dates are determined with precision, and grapes are handpicked to preserve their freshness and acidity.
The domaine, covering 6 hectares in total, boasts two Premier Crus—Folatières "En la Richarde" and "Clos de la Truffière"—and two Villages appellations, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet, along with two Regional appellations, Bourgogne Chardonnay and Bourgogne Aligoté. A portion of Benoit's vineyards were planted by his grandfather in the 1950s, while younger vines were planted by Benoit himself in the 1990s and 2000s. Significant investments in the cellars have further elevated the quality and precision of his vinification and elevage.
Benoit's winemaking philosophy centers around freshness and longevity, utilizing minimal new oak (30% or less) and an extended 18-month elevage. Grapes are gently pressed and settled in a steel tank for 24 hours before undergoing alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in oak casks. The wines are then matured in oak for 12 months, followed by 6 months in stainless steel vats. Most wines remain unfiltered, a rarity for white wines.
Domaine Benoit Ente's wines are celebrated for their balance of power, fruit richness, bright acidity, extract, complexity, purity, and aging potential. With a strong connection to the land and a commitment to expressing the terroir, Benoit Ente has emerged from his brother's shadow, establishing himself as a first-class winemaker in the heart of Burgundy.